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Is Propane Environmentally Friendly?

Lower your carbon footprint with propane equipment

propane Randolph, NJ In Randolph, Morristown, Denville and other communities in the Dixon Energy service region, we work with homeowners and businesses so they enjoy reliable comfort without negatively impacting our climate.

One of the ways we do this is by delivering eco-friendly propane gas, a versatile, American-made fuel that is efficient in use and creates low emissions.

Propane has been listed as an alternative fuel in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act of 1992. It’s already green, but it’s becoming even more environmentally friendly with the advent of renewable propane.

Where does propane come from?

Conventional propane is a co-product of natural gas extraction and oil refining. It is produced through the same processes that make other petroleum products, and no new wells need to be dug to access it. Almost all the propane used in the U.S. is produced domestically, so it does not need to be transported globally to reach your home or business in Northern New Jersey.

Is propane a greenhouse gas?

Propane is not a greenhouse gas, and its emissions are incredibly low. Consider these facts:

  1. Conventional propane’s carbon intensity (how much CO2 is produced to deliver a given amount of energy) is way lower than gasoline, diesel and the average U.S. grid electricity.
  2. Unlike natural gas, propane contains zero methane, a greenhouse gas that’s many times more powerful at trapping heat in the atmosphere than CO2 over a 20-year period.
  3. Propane emits virtually no particulate matter, a known carcinogen.

Propane is also non-toxic. Even if your tank happens to leak, the soil, groundwater, aquatic life, marine life and plant life won’t be harmed.

Is propane equipment efficient?

It takes 3.03 units of electricity to deliver one unit of energy to a U.S. home. For propane, the ratio is 1.01 units of propane for one unit of energy.
And today’s propane-powered equipment has exceptional fuel efficiency:

These are only a few notable examples of how modern propane equipment wastes little energy, which is much better for your home budget and the planet.

What Is renewable propane?

One of the most exciting innovations in green energy is renewable propane. This fuel is molecularly identical to conventional propane. It’s made using organic and recycled feedstocks, such as cooking oil, animal fats, woody biomass, municipal waste, plant oils and agricultural residue. These feedstocks are plentiful and inexpensive, and renewable propane’s production process is low-emission. The resulting fuel has a carbon intensity score of roughly one-quarter that of conventional propane and 16% of that of America’s average grid electricity.

Renewable propane is used primarily for industrial and transportation today, but its production is growing rapidly. Soon, we believe it will be available for use in existing propane home equipment.

For the most reliable, professional propane delivery in Morris, Union, Somerset and southern Sussex counties, become a Dixon Energy customer.